Cue Energy Resources Ltd (Cue) reported Friday that it has been advised by OMV New Zealand Ltd (OMV), the Operator of permit PEP 51313 offshore New Zealand, that at 07:30 hours (local time) on Friday Aug. 15, the Whio-1 well was drilling ahead at a depth of 5,190 feet (1,582 meters) measured depth rotary table (MDRT) in 12.25 inch hole, and is drilling towards the planned total depth of 9,445 feet (2,879 meters) MDRT.
Whio-1 is being drilled from the Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub) at a surface location 68.3 miles (110 kilometers) south-west of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand and 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) south-east of the Maari well-head platform.
Cue has been advised by the Operator that the upper reservoir objectives (Whio A, M2A, and Upper Moki) at Whio are water-bearing. Whio-1 is currently being drilled towards the deeper reservoir objectives, of which the Mangahewa Formation is the primary target, and which is oil bearing in the Maari Field. The secondary lower reservoir objectives are the Kaimiro and Farewell formations. Success in the remaining objectives at Whio will open additional exploration potential along the Tasman Ridge to the south of Maari, including the Matariki prospect.
Cue is free-carried by OMV in the drilling and completion of Whio-1 under the terms of a farm-out agreement signed in December 2012. In the event of a commercial discovery in the Whio area, the participating interests of all partners will be aligned with those of the Maari Joint Venture as follows:
Cue will provide weekly progress reports during the drilling of Whio-1.
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